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Summer Together

Come together this summer for fun, fellowship, and spiritual growth! Choose a class, or multiple classes, to join throughout the summer. Signups will begin shortly, but feel free to browse and plan for a fun summer together!

Active & Fitness | Arts & Bay Area Culture | Career | CookingFun & Games | Growing in Faith | KidsLatinx | Nature

ACTIVE & FITNESS

Sunday Morning Hike | In-Person
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Erin Yeatman
Sundays at 8am, June 13 & July 11
All Ages
A 4-6 mile hike early morning hike. Some inclines, a moderate hike. Steven's Creek County Park/Fremont Older Reserve. 2-3 hours. Maximum 6 people. Madrone Picnic Area
 https://maps.app.goo.gl/KM3Hby7PBT9YGVqZ9 

Cycling with Confidence | Online
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Harry Cutts
Tuesday, June 22, 8pm
As things open up again, this is the perfect time to start replacing car journeys with bike rides — do the planet a favour, get exercise, and say goodbye to traffic! Starting out can be intimidating, though, so in this online session we'll cover a few topics to help you ride confidently and safely, such as route planning, equipment, and how to interact with cars.

Moderate 5 - 8 Mile Hike in the Bay Area | In-Person
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Julie Muir
Saturday, July 17, 2021, 8am start 
Older Youth & Adults
Come enjoy the outdoors with friends on this moderate 5-8 mile hike in a nearby open space or preserve. There may be a parking fee, but we can likely carpool too. Dogs are welcome. Gather at 8am. Bring water, snacks, and lunch.


ARTS & BAY AREA CULTURE

Song Masterclass | Online
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Susan Stokes
Saturday, July 10 from 1:00 – 4:00
Older Youth and Adults, max 9 people
Love to sing? Prepare 1 song of your choice (full length), come perform it, and get immediate feedback! Susan Lane Stokes has over 30 years of professional performance, teaching, and coaching experience. She will give each singer real time feedback, work together on specific aspects of your performance in an encouraging way, while all performers can learn from watching and hearing each other.

Small Car Tours: San Francisco | In-Person
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Amy He
Saturday, July 24, all day
Adults, Family Friendly, max 12 people
Ever wonder if there was more to love about San Francisco besides the hordes of people at Pier 39? Growing up in San Francisco, I've discovered a few lesser known gems around the city that I'd love to share with you! These gems include hiking spots, pretty views, yummy food, and of course, boba (and/or ice cream). Whether you've been living in the Bay your entire life, or you're new to the area, come join for a tour! ("Small Car Tours" is a play on "Big Bus Tours," get it?)


CAREER

God's Calling in Our Vocations (Book Discussion Group)
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Prescott Bliss & Allan Ogwang
Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30pm (tentative), July 8 to August 19 (7 sessions)
Older Youth & Adults
We will be exploring together what it means to invite Jesus into our work life. Discussion will be centered around the book "Every Good Endeavor" by Tim Keller.

Are You Curious About the World of Traditional Book Publishing? | Online
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Jane Paris

Thursday, June 17, 7pm-8pm
Older Youth & Adults
This one-time group meeting is for anyone interested in hearing about the process of securing a book contract. I know a little bit about the fiction space and children's literature, not so much about non-fiction. Come with questions. If this time frame doesn't work for you, please email Jane at

COOKING

Cook a Mediterranean Feast Together | In-Person
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Jennifer Rodriguez

Saturday, June 26, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
All Ages, max 6 people
Let's get together to prepare a delicious Mediterranean dinner. Menu includes homemade hummus & pita chips, green salad, tabbouleh, grilled flank steak,& tzatziki. Not sure how authentic this menu is, but it is super yummy & fun to cook together! Depending on comfort level of participants, we may stay masked indoors as we prepare but eating will be outdoors. Our home has 2 small hypoallergenic dogs!

Sustainable Summer Desserts | In-Person
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Georgina Aubin

Saturday, July 3, 11am-3pm
All Ages, max 3 families or 10 individuals 
Let's cook in the sun! We will mix up some brownies, get them cooking in the sun oven, then put together some ice cream and mix it by hand. We will top off our time together by enjoying our delicious desserts. Held entirely outdoors. Bring your own lunch to enjoy before dessert.

Make Your Own Veggie Burgers! | Online
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Karen Stevenson

Saturday, July 10, 2-4pm
Family Friendly
This class isn't just for vegetarians! I'm always interested in making the most of my food and not wasting it. This class is geared to giving ideas of how to use leftover juice pulp or what to do with other leftover vegetables that one has on hand. Hopefully it will inspire you to new culinary adventures!

Cook Together Fajita Fiesta | In-Person
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Jennifer Rodriguez

Saturday, July 17,  4:30 - 7:30 pm
All Ages, max 6 people
Let's get together & cook a Fajita meal. We'll prepare guacamole, peach salsa, rice, beans, grilled veggies & steak. Depending on comfort level of participants, we may stay masked indoors as we prepare but eating will be outdoors. Our home has 2 small hypoallergenic dogs!

Learn to Make Jam! | Online
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Laurette Beeson

Saturday, July 24, 11am-12pm
Family Friendly
Jam making is simple and delicious. The flavor combinations are endless and jam makes a great gift. Watch and make yours later or you can follow along and make at the same time.

Boba Peeps | Online
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Anna Van Riesen

Saturday July 31, 11am-12pm
Family Friendly
This July, join us for the 2nd ever PAVC Boba Peeps Boba-Making Party! Whether you already love bubble tea and are curious about how the bubbles are made, or if you've never heard of it before in your life, come to Boba Peeps and learn how to make your own boba balls at home. (This event is family friendly but requires a teen or adult to handle the stove and boiling water.)

How to Make Horchata: a Mexican Sweet Rice Drink | In-Person
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Julie Young & Roselia Aguirre

Saturday, June 19, noon-1pm

All Ages, max 8 people
Join us to make one of the most delicious and popular drinks in Mexico, horchata! Roselia Aquirre, an inspiring entrepreneur from EPA with both experience in food preparation and business, will teach us step-by-step how to make this refreshing Agua Fresca. Come learn the technique, receive the recipe, and enjoy sampling it at the end.


FUN & GAMES

Introduction to Poker | Online & In-Person
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Cyrus Chee

Monday, June 14, 7-8pm on Zoom
Friday, July 2, 6-8pm, Menlo Park
All Ages
This is an introduction to poker, one of the world's most popular card games. We'll discuss the history of poker, popular variants (e.g. stud, Texas Hold'em, Omaha), and basic concepts and strategies. All ages and level of experience welcome. Address and/or Zoom link will be emailed to those who register.

Fun Virtual Game Night | Online
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Matt Stringer

Fridays, 7pm, June 18, July 16, August 13
Older Youth & Adults
Come join us for online boardgames like CodeNames, Carcasonne, and 7 Wonders.


GROWING IN FAITH

United By FaithBook Discussion | Online
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Susan Van Riesen & Mike Davis
Saturdays: July 24, July 31, Aug 7, Aug 14, 9:30-11am
Older Youth & Adults
"United By Faith: The Multicultural Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race" is a very helpful resource to talk about the vision for the multiethnic congregation which we hope to become. This discussion group will be an excellent way to process the costs, risks, benefits and purpose of an intentionally diverse congregation.

Giving Up: How Giving to God Renews Hearts, Changes Minds, and Empowers Ministry - Book Discussion | Online
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Ian Shou & Jim Hart

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9pm, July 13 to Aug 3
Older Youth & Adults
"If the church can recapture Jesus' original vision of his church as a generous, giving people, we can also recapture the hearts of a fallen world."
Generosity as Evangelism: Do you want more of this? If you'd like to find out what this could mean for you, and our church, please join us as we will look at the life of Jesus, and especially the early church to help us understand and incorporate this very foundational, yet rarely discussed, value of what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Growing in Relationship with God through Prayer | Online
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Dale Gish & Jane Paris
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, June 15 to August 3, skipping 6/22

Older Youth & Adults
This small group is aimed at deepening one's relationship with God through prayer. We will meet weekly with Spiritual Director, Dale Gish, as he leads us through a series of Scripture readings and prompts for members to engage with throughout the week. This will be a place where we can share and encourage one another.

Young Adult Bible Study with Dinner | In-Person
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Susan Van Riesen
Fridays, 6pm, July 2 - August 20
Young Adults
If you consider yourself a young adult then you are invited to join us for an in-person dinner and Bible Study in the Van Riesen's backyard. 


KIDS

Nutcracker in the Park | In-Person
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Emmet Rodriguez
Sunday, June 12, 9-10am, Mitchell Park
Come learn the story and most famous dance moves from the Nutcracker Ballet. All kids ages 6-12 are welcome to participate! Class will be held in person at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto.

Stories and Creative Movement Ages 2-5 | Online
June 13   July 11
Julie Young & Emma Jahde

Sundays, 10am, June 13 & July 11
Kids Ages 2-5
Emma Jahde (Julie's oldest daughter), a dance teacher of all ages, will lead a fun, story-based creative movement class for children 2-5 (though older kids are welcome to join as well!). During the 40 min class, kids will enjoy fun movement songs and explore the basics of dance and gymnastics.

Discover Mexico: The Language and Culture Through Food, Sports, and Fun for Kids 3–12 | Online
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Julie Young & Gina Covello

Thursday, June 17, 5pm
Kids Ages 3-12
Gina Covello of Habla Language Services will give an overview of the states in Mexico and the indigenous culture. She will go over regional foods and highlight soccer and other popular sports. We will have some fun fare to sample and we may even have a guest speaker from Tabasco, Mexico. You will also have the opportunity to learn some common greetings and practice a short conversation. We will sing the “Buenos Dias” song and make a fun craft. Come join us as we Discover Mexico!!

Dance in the Park: Intro to Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop for Kids 5–12 | In-Person
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Julie Young, Emma Jahde & Emmett Rodriguez
Saturday, June 19, 10am-11:15am

Kids Ages 5-12
Calling all performers! Emma Jahde and Emmett Rodriguez are coming together to teach kids between ages 5 and 12 dance in a park! Come learn some basics to ballet, jazz, and hip hop and at the end kids will learn a dance that will be performed the next day at the PBC 4pm in person service.

Christmas in July: Join Us for a Traditional Navidad on Zoom | Online
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Julie Young & Gina Covello
Saturday, July 24 at 10am

Kids Ages 3-12/Families
Gina Covello of Habla Language Services will host our Christmas party. We will start with a fun video to see Christmas in Mexico and learn new Spanish vocabulary and traditions while feasting on tamales and horchata. We will make a craft and play a game too. Did you know that the Christmas season in Mexico goes from Dec 9-Feb 2?! Come learn all about Navidad and join us for our fiesta!!

Bird Walk at Baylands | In-Person
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Julie Young

Saturday, July 31, 9am-9:45am for families & kids through age 12 (45 min)
We’re Going Birding! Bird tour leader and the Los Gatos Birdwatcher store owner/educator Lisa Myers will lead a fun and educational bird walk at the Palo Alto Baylands. She'll review the many different types of birds that live in and around the water. We will enjoy everything from ducks to herons and maybe even a hawk. We'll be outside on the open trails. Bring binoculars if you have them and it is suggested to wear a hat and dress in layers. Bathrooms are limited.

Family Picnic in the Park | In-Person
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Larissa Rezende Raposo

Saturday, August 7, 3pm, Mitchell Park
Family friendly
Bring your favorite finger food snack to share and enjoy each other's company.


LATINX LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Latinx Culture in Context | In-Person
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Julie Young & Gina Covello
Sunday, July 18, 2pm, Church Office
Older Youth & Adults
Gina Covello of Habla Language Services will be comparing and contrasting our predominant culture with our Mexican neighbors. You probably know we differ on our concept of time, but do you know the why behind it? Learn what to expect culturally when interfacing with our Latinx community. What are the special holidays, food, and expectations? Because language is such a big part of their culture, you will be learning some basic greetings and niceties so you can have a brief conversation and maybe get invited over for café! This class will be highly interactive. $20/person.

Spanish Language Bible Study | Online
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Jon Rodriguez

3 weeks, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings, 7:30pm (late June to early July)
Older Youth & Adults
Join us for a Spanish language Bible Study. We will study several of Jesus' Parables and pray together.


NATURE

The Rose - Scent and Story | Online
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Rosalva Parada
Wednesday, June 23, 4pm 
All Ages
Explore the composition of the scent of one of the most famous flowers and scents in the world! All you need is a rose or just the memory of one!

Basic Gardening Class | In-Person
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Susan Van Riesen

Saturday July 17, 10am
All Ages
Kids, youth and adults who are interested in learning the super-duper basics about growing flowers, herbs and vegetables are welcome to come to this hands-on class. $5/person for supplies.

Bird Walk at Baylands | In-Person
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Julie Young
Saturday, July 31,10am-11am for ages 13 and up
We’re Going Birding! Bird tour leader and the Los Gatos Birdwatcher store owner/educator Lisa Myers will lead a fun and educational bird walk at the Palo Alto Baylands. She'll review the many different types of birds that live in and around the water. We will enjoy everything from ducks to herons and maybe even a hawk. We'll be outside on the open trails. Bring binoculars if you have them and it is suggested to wear a hat and dress in layers. Bathrooms are limited.